Genres: Espionage, Historical, War
The Warramungas War is a sweeping narrative of the friendship that forms between a young Australian army officer, Jamie Munro, and an educated half-caste Warramunga aboriginal NCO, Jack ‘Jacko’ O’Brien, during the Syrian campaign against the Vichy French in World War II. Jacko rescues a wounded Jamie after which they are conscripted in Cairo by MI6. Here, Jamie and Jacko learn about the seamy side of war in counterespionage as they track down German spies. The principal fictional characters interact with actual historical figures and events throughout the story.
As the desert war escalates to the west of Cairo, the MI6 team confuses the enemy with misleading radio messages using German codes and using local entertainers as undercover agents. On one of his day leaves, Jacko meets a beautiful young Syrian-French girl and a strong romantic bond forms between the two during his time in Cairo.
Following the end of the desert war, Jamie and Jacko are assigned to wartime intelligence work in Southeast Asia. After the end of the Pacific war, they initiate the Darwin operations of the CIS, the Commonwealth Investigation Service. On the trail of two suspected wartime German agents, they discover the agents have formed a dangerous criminal gang with an individual they had known during their time in Cairo. The tracking skills of the Warramunga are needed to finally catch up with the murderous gang in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
The Warramungas War is a tremendous story with a great plot which is filled with unexpected twists and turns. It follows two friends, Jamie and Jacko, they are soldiers fighting in the Middle East and Egypt during World War II. They became friends when Jacko saves Jamie’s life. We follow their adventures as they are assigned and complete various tasks and missions in different fields of action. Jamie, Lieutenant James Monro, is an officer in the Australian Army. While Jacko, Sergeant Jack O’Brien, is an educated Australian who is half-white and half Warramunga (an Australian aboriginal tribe soldier). Their friendship and loyalty to one another is the central theme of the book. One thing I loved about the book is that the main characters are communicating and interacting with real people from history. I thought that was written well and rather genius.
While there is a lot going on in this story, it is very well written with skill and expertise. It is a fabulous creative multi genre story which includes: historical, war, mystery and espionage. Author Greg Kater has managed to compose a seemingly complicated tale yet, made it easy to read and follow. I was completely engaged from the very first chapter to the final conclusion which was fully appreciated and satisfying.
I thoroughly enjoyed the espionage and mystery aspects of the narrative. Not only does the puzzle fit together like a glove, but author Greg Kater brings in an array of brilliant characters that add flavor and interest to the conundrum.
The Warramungas War is filled with colorful characters that are interesting, with personalities that draw the reader in as we are introduced to them. They are well developed and fleshed out which makes for a great story and phenomenal read.
The storyline is intense and compelling. The writing is reinforced as the main action goes from Egypt to Australia, which is the home for the main characters. The first part of the book is set in Egypt during World War II, while the second part is in Australia. The excellent descriptive writing not only enhanced the characters but fully lit up the descriptions of the countries and surroundings. I particularly enjoyed the way Greg Kater described Central Australia, the people, the culture and the beautiful country.
I totally enjoyed The Warramungas War. It is one of the best historical, war and espionage books I have read in a long time. I was fully engaged and could not put it down, as I turned the pages quickly to find out what was going to happen next. It is an entertaining and relatively fun book to read. It is filled with excitement, danger, uncertainty and heroism. I look forward to Greg Kater’s second upcoming book. Chick Lit Cafe highly recommends The Warramungas War to all readers that are looking for an excellent read, something different and a great escape.
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